To Make a Farm film screening

June 24th 2016. 06:30 to 09:30
An inspiring film about small-scale farming
Five young people without farming backgrounds embark on 
making their farming dreams a reality. Starting from scratch, 
they meet risks and challenges of this demanding profession 
with imagination, passion, and sacrifice. Intimate and beautifully
 photographed, this documentary offers a hopeful look at 
small-scale food production in an age of industrialized agriculture. 

Followed by a discussion with: 
Bryan Dale, PhD candidate (University of Toronto), studying sustainable agriculture and climate change
Julia Laforge, PhD candidate (University of Manitoba) and researcher with the National New Farmer Coalition

Friday, June 24
6:30 - Welcome to the Green Roof, Carrot Common
7:30 - Screening of TO MAKE A FARM
9:00 - Discussion and Social on the Green Roof

Carrot Common
348 Danforth Avenue  
(Just west of the Chester subway station) 
Enter from the door on Danforth (beside Book City) - Upstairs to Room #212

Organized by: Cinema Politica Danforth
Sponsored by: Toronto-Danforth NDP Riding Association
Co-Sponsored by: The National Farmers Union-Ontario and The Big Carrot
Screening is FREE but donations will be gratefully accepted.

About the film

Director: Steven Suderman
Starring: Tarrah Young, Nathan Carey, Jeff Boesch, Leslie Moskovits, Wes Huyghe
1 hr. 14 min.
Official Website | Trailer | Facebook 

TO MAKE A FARM explores the lives of five young people who have decided 
to become small-scale farmers, despite having no backgrounds in this 
demanding profession. They face daily challenges and set-backs, but 
their optimism inspires hope for the future. 


To Make A Farm asks: what might the future of local food and farming look like? 
Filmmaker Steve Suderman examines his own family history in farming while
discovering a vibrant community of new farmers with urban backgrounds. 
To Make A Farm depicts the struggles and triumphs of a season on a fledgling
farm through the eyes of five young people who have decided to become 
small-scale farmers, despite having no backgrounds in this demanding profession.

"I thought it would be impossible for someone to take up farming who didn't grow 
up as a farmer," Suderman says. "But once I met these farmers and started filming,
I was inspired by their passion and hard work. I think there are skeptics out there
who think the new farmer movement is driven by romanticism, and perhaps there's
an element of that. But in the film you see the struggles and setbacks, and the need
to make it work as a business."


"Exceptionally hopeful, giving us a close-range view of humanity along with a detailed 
portrayal of the nuts and bolts of agriculture." - VIFF

"Moving and inspiring!" - The Vancouverist

Documentary "To Make a Farm" follows young Canadians bucking a trend by Alison Gillmor, CBC

Review of To Make a Farm by Leland Montgomery in Paste


Take Action

The National Farmers Union (NFU) -
The National Farmers Union - Ontario (NFU-O) -
Food Secure Canada (FSC) -
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) -
La Vía Campesina -

For more information:
Contact David Langille: or 647 280 7747